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What is the best full frame portrait lens?

 
mrmarie
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Jan 08, 2013 10:39 |  #1

Hi

I'll buy the new Canon 6D body and was interested in getting a portrait lens so I was wondering what is the BEST canon for portrait also for wedding shoots?


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Jan 08, 2013 10:39 |  #2

Canon 85 1.2. Others will say other things--they are wrong.


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Jan 08, 2013 10:42 |  #3

irishman wrote in post #15461208 (external link)
Canon 85 1.2. Others will say other things--they are wrong.

I disagree - I don't think anyone else will say other things.


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Jan 08, 2013 10:44 |  #4

Other things.


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Jan 08, 2013 10:45 |  #5

Bleufire wrote in post #15461230 (external link)
Other things.

That makes us both wrong!


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Jan 08, 2013 10:49 |  #6

Lol, guys. They're right though, I love what my 85 1.2 does. The 70-200 II also does wonders with tons of flexibility.

It really comes down to your subject matter, I know it's weddings but are these full body shots, waist up, tight head shots?


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Jan 08, 2013 11:19 |  #7

The very best are also the most expensive, by a very wide margin. For weddings with FF you'll want to get: 50/1.2L, 85/1.2L II and 135/2L. You also might want to add 24/1.4L II and 200/2L IS. Some like the 35/1.4L, too, or substitute it for the 50/1.2L.

A fast zoom might work for you and definitely is more flexible. However, f2.8 is the fastest you can get and while that can make for nice background blur, it's far short of what the uber large aperture lenses can do. On full frame, both 24-70 and 70-200 might be useful, depending upon the type of portrait you're doing. (While quite good on FF too, personally I think 24-70 excels as a portrait lens on crop cameras.)

With primes, there really isn't a single "best" lens for portraits. The traditional portrait lengths are 85mm to 135mm. At weddings you often need to make full length portraits, couples, small group portraits... and might do some environmental shots too... hence the 50mm and/or 35mm. Anythng wider than 35mm comes with some significant perspective and anamorphic wide angle distortions, and simply has to be used carefully. Anything longer than 135mm compresses perspetive (much more subtle than what wide lenses do), but require considerable working distance.

If the above are too much for your budget, 50/1.4, 85/1.8 might serve well in place of their faster L cousins. 28/1.8 might serve instead of the 35L and/or 24L. There are also the Sigma 50/1.4 and 85/1.4 that might be worth consideration. There are also the 100/2 and 135/2.8 Soft Focus.

But, I might be wrong. ;)


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Jan 08, 2013 11:38 |  #8

If yu ant to use the lens for both weddings and portraits, I would recommend the 70-200L IS II. You will also need something wider and in my opinion 70-200 + 35 make a very versatile combo.


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Jan 08, 2013 11:59 |  #9

Buy 85L and at same time pick 200mm f2 IS and you be done for a while.:)


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Jan 09, 2013 08:47 |  #10

Agreed with bobbyz. 85 L and 200f 2


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Jan 09, 2013 08:53 |  #11

I am reading a photography book written by one of the top US wedding photographers, and here is her perfect setup for a portrait photographer:

- two 1D bodies
- 24-70 f2.8
- 70-200 f2.8
- 85 f1.2

And looking at her photos, I tend to agree - you really need all the three lenses. Unfortunately, there is no such a thing as "best portrait lens".


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Jan 09, 2013 09:32 |  #12

mrmarie wrote in post #15461203 (external link)
what is the BEST canon for portrait also for wedding shoots?

Seriously? You want one lens for portraits and "wedding shoots?"

Below are two portraits and one shot from a "wedding shoot." You want one lens that will do all three?

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Jan 09, 2013 09:41 |  #13
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Zeiss 100 hands down.




  
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Jan 09, 2013 10:05 |  #14

Over the years portrait lenses have been about twice the focal length of the "normal" lens for the format.
For my Leica M4 I used the 90mm Summy. For Nikon I used 105mm, for Hassy I used 150mm.

For "full frame" digital, I'd lean toward 100mm. I tend to use my 24-105mm for most portraits.

Naturally, the assumption, when one says "portrait" is head and shoulders. That dictates some considerations regarding foreshortening to ensure attractive facial features.

Here is link to a page on my tutorials site that explains how lens focal length and distance between camera and subject interact to control perspective and distortion. http://www.digifotogra​fi.com …rspective_Disto​rtion.html (external link)

For weddings its going to take a lens kit. If you go with zooms 24-70, 70-200 would be minimum.

I've been with the owner of one of Chicago's major wedding studios when he shot an entire wedding with an 18-200 zoom on a crop body. Not something I'd recommend.

For full frame Canon has a 28-300 L that has push pull zoom, relatively slow aperture and Hefty price but it is one lens with enough focal range to cover a wedding. :-)


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Jan 09, 2013 10:08 |  #15

irishman wrote in post #15461208 (external link)
Canon 85 1.2. Others will say other things--they are wrong.

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All other lenses are for ROOKIES!!!

Just kidding!!


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